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2018 BWC Meeting of Experts on Assistance, Response and Preparedness



The Meeting of Experts on Assistance, Response and Preparedness took place from 14 to 15 August 2018, at the Palais des Nations, in Room XVII.

MX4 was chaired by Mr. Daniel Nord of Sweden and considered the following topics:
  • Practical challenges facing the implementation of Article VII, and possible solutions;
  • A set of guidelines and formats to assist a State Party, if required, when submitting an application for assistance in the framework of Article VII;
  • Procedures, including the establishment and use of the assistance database, to improve the prompt and efficient response without preconditions to a request of assistance by a State Party under Article VII, and coordination and cooperation among States Parties and with relevant international and regional organizations such as WHO, OIE and FAO, as appropriate;
  • Examination of how the concept of mobile biomedical units might contribute to effective assistance, response and preparation with a view to enhancing implementation of the Convention;
  • Exploration of approaches by which States Parties, individually or collectively, might contribute to the strengthening of international response capabilities for infectious disease outbreaks, whether natural or deliberate in origin;
  • Exploration of means to prepare for, respond to and render assistance in case of the possible hostile use of biological agents and toxins against agriculture, livestock as well as the natural environment.


Official documents

  • BWC/MSP/2018/MX.4/1 - Provisional agenda for the Meeting of Experts on Assistance, Response and Preparedness - Submitted by the Chair
  • BWC/MSP/2018/MX.4/2 - Background information document on assistance, response and preparedness - Submitted by the Implementation Support Unit (ISU)
  • BWC/MSP/2018/MX.4/3 - Report of the Meeting of Experts on Assistance, Response and Preparedness
  • BWC/MSP/2018/MX.4/WP.1 - Assistance and protection from biological weapons in the context of Article VII of the Biological Weapons Convention - Submitted by the Russian Federation (unofficial English translation in the annex)
  • BWC/MSP/2018/MX.4/WP.2 - The United Kingdom public health rapid support team concept - Submitted by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • BWC/MSP/2018/MX.4/WP.4 - Provision of assistance to a State Party that has been exposed as a result of a violation of the Convention - Submitted by South Africa
  • BWC/MSP/2018/MX.4/WP.5 - Recent International Developments Relevant to Article VII - Submitted by the United States of America
  • BWC/MSP/2018/MX.4/WP.6 - Australia’s Health Security Initiative: Strengthening regional response capabilities for infectious disease outbreaks - Submitted by Australia
  • BWC/MSP/2018/MX.4/WP.7 - Strengthening Cooperation among States Parties and Relevant International Organizations in Response to Deliberate Spread of Infectious Diseases - Submitted by Japan, co-sponsored by the Netherlands and the United Kingdom
  • BWC/MSP/2018/MX.4/WP.8 - A contribution to the discussions on the practical challenges facing the implementation of Article VII, and possible solutions - Submitted by Canada
  • BWC/MSP/2018/MX.4/WP.9 - Strengthening Article VII: International Cooperation and Assistance in Preparing for and Responding to Biological Incidents - Submitted by the United States of America
  • BWC/MSP/2018/MX.4/WP.10 - Investigations of Alleged Biological Weapons Use: Overlap with Public Health Assistance under Article VII of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention - Submitted by the United States of America
  • BWC/MSP/2018/MX.4/WP.11 - Assistance, response and preparedness - Submitted by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement and other States Parties to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention



Advance versions

Presentations and statements

Presentations and statements made during MX4 are posted here, if provided by the presenter.


Agenda item 4 - Practical challenges facing the implementation of Article VII, and possible solutions


Agenda item 5 - A set of guidelines and formats to assist a State Party, if required, when submitting an application for assistance in the framework of Article VII

Agenda item 6 - Procedures, including the establishment and use of the assistance database, to improve the prompt and efficient response without preconditions to a request of assistance by a State Party under Article VII, and coordination and cooperation among States Parties and with relevant international and regional organizations such as WHO, OIE and FAO, as appropriate

Agenda item 7 - Examination of how the concept of mobile biomedical units might contribute to effective assistance, response and preparation with a view to enhancing implementation of the Convention

Agenda item 8 - Exploration of approaches by which States Parties, individually or collectively, might contribute to the strengthening of international response capabilities for infectious disease outbreaks, whether natural or deliberate in origin